Saddle Up You Desk Jockeys

Spending long hours at your desk can harm your health. There’s growing evidence that the more time you spend sitting each day, the greater your risk of heart disease. Your spine, shoulders and hips may also suffer.

“Sit on an exercise ball at your desk instead of a chair,” says Kristen Norton, Physical Therapist, HealthAlliance Hospital. “This will strengthen your core abdominal and back muscles, and improve your posture. Some schools are even choosing to replace chairs with exercise balls in the classroom. Take a break and do some exercises on the ball. To increase the challenge, keep your eyes closed when you’re doing them because with your eyes closed your muscles will work harder to keep you balanced.”

“It’s important to get up every couple of hours and move around. Exercise not only helps with how you feel physically, but it also improves your mind and your memory.”

Kristen is right, studies show that exercise stimulates brain cell growth, and makes you more efficient at work. Exercise actually makes you smarter. 

“It may not be possible for you to go to the gym at lunchtime, but making small changes to your daily work routine can help protect your health.”

“You should take at least 6000 steps per day, so take a walk. Get a pedometer to count steps.”

Thank you Kristen for the tips on staying healthy.

If you have back problems or other health concerns please consult with your physician before performing these exercises.

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